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Christina +& Darrin
Meditation Expert + Therapist
When you meditate, it is always helpful to have something to anchor your attention to. Usually, that is the breath. In this meditation, however, you will use the sounds in your environment as your attention anchor. This trains you to be more in tune with your senses, which can create a deeper sense of awareness in your everyday life.
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Michelle
Active listening
This session made me concentrate on sounds, thus quieting the mind traffic. I found this session amazingly beneficial! Loved it x
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Simon
Called the listening out ...
Wonderful. Reminded me of William Stafford's exquisite poem 'Listening' - the last two lines of the first stanza reading: ' ... and every far sound called the listening out / into places where the rest of us had never been.' I recommend the entire poem, and this meditation. Lovely. Thank you.
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Reemy
Being in the moment..
Focusing on the here and now brings joy and gives meaning to what we are doing.
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Mikalia
OCT10
Energy within yourself can only go so far and spread so thin. You can only juggle so many pins before your attention to all of them begin to slip away. Spend your time wisely and make sure that those around you value your time just as you value it. Don’t let anyone make you feel that you aren’t doing enough when you know you’re giving you’re all. And only give your all as long as your life isn’t suffering. Be strong and begin organizing your life in a way that you will be proud and secure. Don’t let little things rob you of your energy and especially don’t let your phone and social media take anything away from you and your quality of life. Be the passionate lady you know you are.
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Sophie
Today
I learned to tune into the sounds around me and just be at peace with them and to not make judgement about those sounds
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Peggy
I'm even ok with my uneven breathing and the fact that my stomach was hurting
My stomach was hurting because I wasn't getting a full breath.
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Jason
Focus
I can tune in to one dominant sound even if my mind makes it dominate between heart beat, fan, dj krush, breathing, and the voice of the moment in my ear buds.
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Sharon
Sounds Heart Awakening
I learned that even though there was a noisy clock in the room I could relax somewhat. I would prefer total quiet when I am relaxing so next time I will choose a place more quiet. It is good to take rest periods and relax.
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Paul
Meditation and sounds
I found it relaxing and easy to focus on sounds while meditating. My mind did not wander and I completely relaxed.
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Heather
Nice
I love the phrase “the gift of this present moment.” Aura wants me to write more.
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Luca
Damn
It would be easier to concentrate on sounds if she would shut up for 5 seconds
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Everett
Could I
Is this in there or over here the question asks for an answer I never listen to
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James
Thank u
I learned that dolphins always will sleep with one eye open.
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Athena
What you hear
By concentrating on what you hear it no longer focusing on what you think
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Vernon
Our relationship to Sounds...
Sounds play a significant role in our ability to go within. Sounds also play a significant role in how we handle or deal with our emotions. There are “songs” we hear that make us sad and there are “songs” we hear that make us happy. Music is nothing more than the sounds we hear.
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Sonja
Without judgement
Learning that every sound is a gift of this moment and you should appreciate it as so without judgement
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Susie
Sounds
Appreciation of sounds and using them as an anchor in the moment is a new concept for me. Helpful tool for this noisy and busy holiday season. Namaste 🙏🏻.
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Chrish
Noise
Tuning in the natural noises into my conscious and being okay with them is good! They will always be there. It’s finding peace in what you are in.
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Nicole
Judgement
Things just are, things just be. Things like environmental noises don’t need to be rated or judged or liked or disliked by me. They just flow past and are. I’ll let that be. That gives my mind and heart a rest. Relax small child of the universe.
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James
Really clever yet so simple
To embrace everyday sounds around me without judging them as either good or bad but simply observing them and using them to anchor me into the present.
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Ellie
Day 7
I learned that listening to the sounds around you can be comforting as well as assuring and calming. They help you to catalog and remind yourself that there are so many or so little things going on right now, but I should focus on the task at hand rather than getting distracted or thinking about the next task.
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Macie
I felt so calm and relaxing. My whole body got lighter. I wasn’t nervous or as scared
You can listen to sounds to help you calm down and focus. This is a great tool to use when I feel down
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Sarah
Wind
I found it difficult to listen to the wind with a neutral mindset. All I can think about is having to go out in the cold, blustery wind. I maybe could love the sound if I got to stay home today!
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Chelsea
Sounds
Even while being in NY with the sounds of traffic, sirens, and the hustle- I was able to embrace it while almost being so calm I could tune it out at the same time. I surprisingly felt relaxed even with all the background noise.
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Steven
Symphony of sounds
It’s good to be reminded that it’s a gift to be able to hear the planes, trains and automobiles that constantly pass by my home. In fact, this was the first time that I actually thought of the sounds that the cars are making as analogous to my breathing as they come and go.
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Hannah
Day 45
The sounds that bring me joy are my dog’s tails thumping against the couch as they wait for me to play with them in the morning post-meditation.
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Joyce
Drop anchor!
I love that analogy, to drop anchor to stay in the present moment, then experience it fully. Namaste
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Justine
Tick tock
Is it the sound of a clock or is it my life slipping away. Sounds of the physical or the spiritual , does time have a noise or are we so used to it that it’s all background hum. My soul sings, my heart thumps, my blood pounds through me, my voice quivers in the sound of life and yet it has its own sweet refrain. A word said in love, a gasp of joy and the quiet breath of awe so singular and yet harmonises in the orchestra which is life, make your music count.
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Yandy
At peace
The present can calm the anxiety of the future. The sounds in a room help to group you. Even your own body helps you. The breath is a powerful tool to help you focus on the now.
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Walter J
Chirping...
I found myself notice, but quickly unfocused from the passing cars and a nearby piece of heavy equipment (once I labeled it and let it go) only to have my ears be taken over by the orchestra of birds calling, chirping & squawking. I lost count at a dozen or so different calls, near, far and all around. There has been a Very noticeable increase in the number & types of birds around my house since my garage burned down a couple weeks ago. I like to think they are offering their songs & beauty as positive distractions from the obvious eyesore. Focusing on them this morning, my ears are telling me there are even more different kinds than I have notice with my eyes. I thank the Lord for this rainbow of birds after this firestorm (of opportunity). It’s going to turn out to be for my best long term good. New garage and new siding for the house, once we get thru all the demo & clean up. Just another way to help me stay in shape, (bend, lift, carry & throw). Free workouts with a bird orchestra accompany!! Just another few reasons why I am called “The Luckiest Man Alive!” ❤️☮️🍀
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Walter J
Chirping...
At first I heard the cars passing by in the distance and then a big digger digger playing in some dirt somewhere... once they were labeled they kinda faded away in importance and I started noticing the birds chirping. Not just a couple birds but a whole orchestra of them. Long calls and short tweets, high pitched quacks and lots of chatter beaks! I have notice since my garage burned down two weeks, how many more birds we have around. I think it might be part of Gods way of helping the healing process along. It seems to be working ... ❤️✌🏼🍀
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Tammy
Sounds
It was very relaxing to listen and pick up on all of the different sounds in my environment.
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Moll
Sounds
It was kind of nice and also weird you don’t ever really notice those sounds when your sitting there because you are to wired to your phone so it is nice to take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy those calming sounds
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Joyce
The gift of sounds
Another gift of the present that I often don’t appreciate, ignore, or even brush aside, yet sounds are full of intricacies and wonder. Namaste
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Jazz
Memories
The peaceful out doors sound reminded me of when I was appreciating the rivers flow and felt at peace. As I opened my eyes I remembered it’s just a memory and i am here now present and that’s all I’ll ever have. Now.
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Cyndee
Pleasant 🙂
This was a very pleasant experience that made me smile. I used the sound function to create some soft music in the background and birds singing. This made it even more pleasant and I barely noticed the distance sound of cars, beyond that I heard nothing and just enjoyed three minutes of pleasant relaxation.
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Nina
I felt like a different person. I felt like myself but more relaxed and open to the noises around me
I learned that in order to be calm and be happy, I have to understand the environment around me and remember that I must keep breathing and stay calm.
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Walter J
Accepting...
My windows are open to allow the cool night air in, but it’s morning and traffic has started in the distance. So I allow the noises that usually are a distraction to just turn into sound waves and they pass right thru or around me with no problems. Huh, imagine that. Almost too simple... Brings to mind the old saying “what we resist, persists”, I did not resist or focus on the traffic today. I recognized it, accepted it and allowed it to pass on & it literally did. Pretty cool trick! ❤️☮️🍀
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Marc Henry
Sounds
I learned that you can choose to focus on a particular sound without being distracted by other sounds
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Donna
Sounds
I’m distracted during lunch and can’t focus fully on meditation but I think this will be a good one when I’m at home
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Arun
Sounds
The background sounds and the teachers voice in this was very soothing. Helped me with a few minutes of mindfulness. 😌
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Jessamine
sounds
I am me and I live in this space ship of a body traveling through time every second is an eternity
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Maud
Sounds
Even though it's extremely quiet out here I learned that silence can keep me calm. Love it so far, feeling extremely present in this moment.
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Tomas
My walk
I learned that the sky at my happy place, is bright blue and with no clouds.
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Robert
Mindfulness
I learned that the sounds around me can keep me anchored in the present moment.
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Tammy
Sounds
I always enjoy meditations focusing on hearing sounds in your environment. It helps keep me focused and relaxed.
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Joyce
Sound is Now
The sounds I hear around me exist in the present along side me. Namaste
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Tina
sounds
even if you don’t like a noise, these is always something in it that you will like. sounds are like people
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Tiffany
Sounds
In the middle of the meditation my alarm went off. The stark contrast between the peaceful flow of water in the background and the blaring horn was startling. As is with life if we let the blaring horn of negativity build momentum it will shake us up and take away the peaceful alignment we have with Source. #OmShanti
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Tiffany
Silence
Is often associated with loneliness or stillness. Tonight I refused to attach a label to a sound. Silence was just silence. My anxiety decreased. My comfort increased. I was able to focus and concentrate on the spoken word.
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Fabiola
roller-coaster
I really like this app, I find it very useful, it really helps me to get off of my thoughts and feelings... Because my life at this moment is not the best, sometimes my mind play tricks with me, and other days it's just anticipation thoughts and anxiety that strikes really hard... but I'm trying to give my best... Writing my feelings helps a lot.
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Susan
Sounds
It has been my intention to be more present and this mediation is another step. I loved the fact that we were reminded that sounds are all around us and we should not look upon them as an annoyance but a symphony and an anchor to keep us where we need to be... right here in the present
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Liz
Sounds
Focusing on sounds in my environment (without judgement or frustration) actually helped anchor me in the present moment & kept my thoughts from wandering.
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Maddie
number four
standing up instead sitting down actually helps a lot with posture balance & back pain
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Liane
sounds
I liked that she used the sounds we're surrounded with as a way to meditate. Very helpful and realistic
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Kady
Day Five pt. 2
This is one to do outside. Do it outside. Idk what else to say 😅 shshskaisisjbsbsgsgshsb
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Joseph
first time
my safe place was in front of my ex girlfriend's smile. I began to feel intense sadness and a longing to be happy again. it's been 7 months and I'm still in pain. however I felt a bubble of safety and warmth. her image became smoke and dissipated from my view. she is still there but for three minutes I was hopeful. hopeful that I could remember what it feels like to be happy.
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Kassidy
The non shutting door🤫
As I was trying to mediate I couldn’t help but notice the sound of my door in my parents guest room as I have been staying here until my home is done being renovating on , I haven’t used aura until today an honestly I must say amazing way to start my day I needed this guidance 🖖🏽🧘🏼‍♀️✨💜
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Paul
Sound meditation with too much sound
I realize that in three minutes it’s hard to get across your point as a meditation coach without filling up the entire space, but a sound meditation asking to concentrate on the sounds in your environment where the practitioner never stops talking and there is constant sound of waves and music kind of takes away from the point.
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Jessica
Day 17
Didn’t do the greatest job of paying attention, but focusing on the sound helped bring me down to earth I think
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Susan
Sounds
Thank you for the teaching that the symphony of sounds can anchor you. Do not let them be a distraction by labeling them. Just hear, catalogue and move on
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Jose
Sounds
I learned how to concentrate on sounds on my environment and slowly focus on them
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Rachel
Sounds
I suppose I was looking for something more in this season. The session did settle me for further meditation, however. And that is needed right now. But I will still go on to a new track for something more.
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Chloe
Amazing
I learned that sounds can keep you from thinking about stressful things
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Alex
In the now
Never considered letting the background sounds during the work day keep me in the now. Interesting exercise.
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Maggie
Noise
Having the background sound to my advantage seeing it as a positive. Reminding me to be in the moment
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William
Sounds
Christina, yes! Today cackling parrots darting over my head! I would add symphony of all senses! Thanks.
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Haley
Sounds
I find certain sounds always make me feel at peace with myself and my mind
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Ben
Sounds are like views
I learned to be attentive about the sounds around me and listen to all of them, even if I don’t like them, to give me a good position in my life. This is like views on the world, and I should listen to all the sounds around me and consider all of them before jumping to conclusions, which will give me a better view of the world.
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Kyera
I’ve learned that if I need to let go
MyForgiveness is at all time high because of my accident there’s more tension in my home
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Joy Hooper
Sound!
I learned that sound is very important when it comes to relaxing.
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Rose
My mind was racing through thoughts
People, situations, how to control these things that haven’t even happened can’t be influenced by my worrying. Slight awareness and tried to let the thought pass but often would get stuck.
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Jessy
Sounds
I learned that my thoughts wander. And i can bring them back once I notice it. This particular meditation was both helpful and not. I appreciate focusing on surrounding sounds to ground in present environment but there wasn’t a clear end to the meditation so I found myself in a situation of wondering what I was supposed to be doing, having my thoughts wander, return to the sound, and then start over again wondering what to do next, how much longer, etc.
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Djata
Sounds
I’ve always appreciated and took time to listen to my moment’s soundtracks, and this helped me focus and not judge. Even when my phone rang just before the meditation ended I only catalogued the sound with no frustration and moved on. Beautiful sound composition this morning.
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Crystal
Day 1
I was thinking about my day and had to refocus on the meditation.
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Victoria
Mindfulness Day 1
I felt distracted I noticed my anchor when I drifted to my to do list I learned that I need to be intentional in each moment before it’s list
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Eric
Stillness
I felt calm & centered which allowed me the mental capacity to think calmly about the tasks that I’ve needed to get done that I’d been avoiding. Meditating w/ Aura gave me the stillness to strategically plan how to take on the day.
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Shelby
Peaceful
I feel it was very calming but that it didn’t directly target my stress and anxiety in the way I wish nonetheless I will be using it again
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Nikki
Relax
I learned to be aware of my surroundings. There’s beautiful sounds everywhere if you just relax and listen.
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Samantha
At Peace
Spent my morning stressing about work and that really helped to calm me down 😊
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John
Snowy Saturday
I learned that I have something good to contribute to the world and I’m happy to be alive !
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Zivan
morning sounds
there is constantly sounds playing, but i have become numbed to them. it includes the sound of life around me. my cat, lightly snoring, next to me in the bed. it’s these simple pleasures in life that make it worth living.
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Tammy
Sounds
The only sound was Roy and an occasional car driving by. Today is surprisingly nice and quiet
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Laura
The sound I heard
I noticed that I heard a timer taking , Running water, A television broadcasting news, my mother speaking, chirping birds, The sound of this track, and my breathing. Is this meditation suggest I felt relaxed and grounded in the present moment while focusing on the sounds around me. I am grateful for the folks who work for this app putting this truck together and introducing me choose this new technique to help me focus on the present moment I will definitely use this method of focusing on sounds to stay present and mindful in future. I am also grateful for the community of users on this app for taking the time to read this post. I hope everyone is OK and happy and well.